Statistics related to motor vehicle accidents in New York City in 2012 have been recently released by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The total number of accidents in 2012 was 68,804 compared to 73,060 in 2011 and 78,343 in 2010. 253 people died and 47,467 suffered personal injury after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in NYC in 2012.
Every year for the last 3 years there were over 10,000 car accidents involving pedestrians. Bicycle accidents have been stable, over 3000 every year for the last 3 years and motorcycle accidents slightly increased last year in New York compared to the two previous years.
Too many pedestrians died in traffic accident in New York City. This year the number of victims was 135, slightly lower than the two previous years but still too high globally. 2012 also saw a significant increase in the death of car drivers involved in accidents. The number of deaths related to bicycle accidents was at its lowest for the last 3 years in New York in 2012.
Drivers suffered the most personal injuries in car accidents for the last 3 years followed by car passengers. The number of pedestrians who suffered personal injury in a car accident is slightly higher this year compared to 2010 and 2011. The number of injured bicyclists stayed pretty much stable for the last 3 years.
Human Factors contributed to 67% of all New York car accidents in 2012.
More than 11,000 crashes happened in New York because of distracted driving. Following to closely and failure to yield the right of way are human factors that contributed each for more than 6000 accidents in New York City last year.
Males between 25 and 50 years old have the highest risk of being involved in a car accident in New York according to 2012 statistics. Female New Yorkers seem to be more prudent.
Young people in their twenties have the highest risk of being injured or killed in a vehicle crash in New York City. Last year around 15,000 people in their twenties suffered personal injury and 60 died after being involved in a car crash in New York.